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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Study identifies which bipolar patients will respond to Ketamine therapy for depression, pain

Researchers have discovered how to determine which bipolar patients will benefit from Ketamine, a treatment commonly used for depression and pain relief, according to a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2013 annual meeting.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

New drug regimen reduces post-op nausea and vomiting by 80 percent in bariatric surgery patients

Ninety-seven percent of bariatric surgery patients avoided post-operative nausea and vomiting (PONV) with the addition of a second drug to the standard treatment given during surgery, according to a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2013 annual meeting.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fibromyalgia sufferers get significant pain relief from IV lidocaine

Patients with fibromyalgia resistant to more routine therapies have a new pain relief treatment available, according to a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2013 annual meeting. Intravenous (IV) lidocaine infusion provided significant pain relief to fibromyalgia patients, although the pain relief was much less for African-Americans and smokers.


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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Decontaminating the sanitizer dispenser, giving health care workers their own hand gel reduces operating room contamination significantly

Simple remedies – from keeping the antibacterial gel dispenser clean to giving health care workers their own hand sanitizer – can help keep patients safe by decreasing contamination in operating and recovery rooms, suggest two studies presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2013 annual meeting.


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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Persistent pain following cardiac surgery can be predicted and reduced

The incidence of chronic pain following cardiac surgery can be reduced in patients when the drug pregabalin is used before surgery and for 14 days post-surgery, according to a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2013 annual meeting. The study also found that patients at risk of developing long-term post-operative persistent pain can be predicted by conducting pain sensitivity tests at the time of surgery.


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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Peripheral nerve stimulation: promising long-term treatment for chronic headache sufferers

For the more than 45 million Americans who suffer from chronic headaches, relief may be on the way in the form of an electric pulse, according to a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2013 annual meeting. Electric stimulation of the peripheral nerve reduced average headache intensity by more than 70 percent.


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Saturday, October 12, 2013

When Millennial med students’ iPad® use for instruction goes up, personal use goes down

With the entry of “Millenials” into medical residency programs across the country, institutions have started to examine ways to improve programs to correspond with that generation’s learning behaviors and preferences. A study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2013 annual meeting found that Millennial residents use their iPad® to enhance their educational experience. Surprisingly, as residents increased use of their iPad® for educational purposes, their personal iPad® use decreased significantly.

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Chronic pain treatment cools hot flashes in menopausal women

Menopausal women suffer from half as many hot flashes after receiving a  non-hormonal chronic pain treatment, according to a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2013 annual meeting. The nerve block treatment interrupts the area of the brain that regulates body temperature, reducing moderate-to-severe hot flashes and alleviating depression in menopausal women, breast cancer patients and women in surgical menopause.

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Kids having tonsils removed get better pain relief with IV acetaminophen

Using intravenous (IV) acetaminophen with narcotics provides more effective pain relief to children having tonsillectomies, according to a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2013 annual meeting. Additionally, the combination therapy saves costs due to reduced use of narcotics after surgery, reduced side effects and slightly quicker hospital discharge than in patients who receive narcotics alone.


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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Women in labor can ditch the ice chips and drink a protein shake instead

Women in labor can enjoy a chocolate or vanilla protein shake during labor rather than being relegated to the tedium of ice chips, according to a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2013 annual meeting. Mothers who drank a protein drink during childbirth reported higher satisfaction rates, although nausea and vomiting rates were the same as for mothers who were only given ice chips.


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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Study finds that identification and treatment of unrecognized obstructive sleep apnea before surgery improves outcomes

An estimated 80 percent of patients who have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) go undiagnosed, including Deanna G. McNeil, a 72-year-old nurse from Toronto.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Study looks for ‘best’ risk stratification tool so patients make the most informed surgical decision

Having the right tool to estimate surgical risk in patients at high risk for complications and death during and after surgery is crucially important, according to a study in the October issue of Anesthesiology.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Study finds use of labor-augmenting drug for extended time may contribute to reduced effect in controlling postpartum bleeding

With the number of maternal deaths on the rise in the United States, researchers found that a drug frequently used to augment or induce labor may contribute to postpartum bleeding, a study in the September issue of Anesthesiology notes.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Study challenges assumption that uterine blood returns to mother’s circulation after delivery by cesarean section

In an examination comparing the effects of two drugs on blood pressure, pulse, heart rate and cardiac output in women having elective delivery by cesarean section, an old assumption that uterine blood is redistributed into the maternal circulation after delivery was challenged, according to a study in the September issue of Anesthesiology.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Higher-frequency electrical stimulation of the spinal cord relieves pain faster by potentially utilizing different mechanisms

An animal study in the August issue of Anesthesiology suggests that higher-frequency electric current stimulation of the spinal cord reduced pain quicker and better reached nerves not affected by traditionally used frequencies.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Optimal patient satisfaction tools revealed for physician anesthesiologists to ensure quality of care, study says

Using the right tool to measure patient satisfaction can guide improved health care quality, according to a study in the August issue of Anesthesiology.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Perioperative cardiac events after receiving laughing gas are not hereditary

A clinical trial published in the July issue of Anesthesiology may shed some light on whether nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) causes an increased risk for cardiac events, including heart attacks after surgery, particularly among high-risk patients. 

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Anesthetic choice does not affect duration of hospitalization

The use of a less-expensive, longer-acting anesthetic (isoflurane) resulted in no difference in duration of hospitalization compared to the use of a more expensive, shorter-acting anesthetic (desflurane or sevoflurane), according to a study from the July issue of Anesthesiology.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Data from anesthesia information management systems help reduce costs and improve patient safety

Data from new electronic anesthesia information management systems (AIMS) can be used to assess surgical procedure- and institution-specific blood requirements, according to a study from the June issue of Anesthesiology.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Common brain processes of anesthetic-induced unconsciousness identified

A study from the June issue of Anesthesiology found feedback from the front region of the brain is a crucial building block for consciousness and that its disruption is associated with unconsciousness when the anesthetics ketamine, propofol or sevoflurane are administered.

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